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Downstream Game 22: Home vs LA Galaxy

MLS: Colorado Rapids at LA Galaxy Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

LA Galaxy Stats

2021 Record: 11-8-3 WLT, 36 points for 1.64 PPG

Goals: 35 for, 35 allowed, 0 differential

Power Rankings: LAG #9 (-), Rapids #3 (+2)

Last Result: 3-3 tie against LAFC

Oh, look! The Colorado Rapids are currently second in the Western Conference. This afternoon, we look to take first place overall as the Burgundy Boys face the Galaxy for the second time. We bopped LA on the road a few weeks ago. Since then, they lost to the San Jose Earthquakes (who we just bopped on the road as well), and tied against LAFC in the latest El Trafico. Meanwhile, we’ve been cruising at home and on the road, so this should make for a great game.

I’ll be frank here — I don’t have much to add about LA since the last time we played them. Historically, we’ve done really well against them, we’ll be back home, and they had a lot of players called up for national team duty. Whether they’ll be back and ready by this weekend, I’m not sure, but they may not all be back. Sebastian Lletget, Jonathan dos Santos, Carlos Harvey, Rayan Raveloson, Danilo Acosta, and Niko Hämäläinen were all called up. As karmic balance must be maintained; however, their big gun is returning. Chicharito has been cleared and should be back in action this weekend. Yikes.

Instead of focusing on the Galaxy, I would like to expand on some thoughts. Last week, Dominique Badji, back for his second stint with the team after some time with FC Dallas and Nashville SC, scored the game-winner late against San Jose. It felt weird to see him back with the team, back in burgundy, and for one big reason. The team that Badji left is night and day different from what we are today. Not necessarily from a roster standpoint, but from a sort of “everything else” standpoint.

Under our noses, Robin Fraser crossed a milestone. He has now been the head coach for 46 games vs our former head coach, Anthony Hudson’s 43. While Fraser’s got a long ways to go before he overtakes anyone else in the modern era, he has been around long enough to make a solid statement. And the difference is just unbelievable.

In Hudson’s era, we were — to put it lightly — a train wreck. The start of the 2019 season was possibly the bleakest period in Rapids history, punctuated by one of the most colossally insulting interviews of all time. We were winless through 10 games, and when the head coach himself was dumping on the team, you know things were bad. But since then, the Rapids have managed to do what we thought impossible — not just be good, but be one of the best and most consistently good teams in the league. By points per game, we’re at the top of the West. With a game in hand, it’s possible we take first flat-out.

Fraser’s record overall puts Colorado at 1.8 points per game. Compared to Hudson’s 0.77, there is just no comparison. In fact, Fraser is leading us to the most successful record we’ve ever had. He’s in talks for MLS Coach of the Year, and quite frankly he absolutely deserves it. I would personally love nothing more than for him to get a long-term contract extension and become our own Peter Vermes. Things are great in Denver, and Fraser has had a massive part in getting things to this point. Let’s enjoy a bright and sunny afternoon and enjoy some dang footy.